Paint your own Squishies is the next wassenBox art subscription kit theme. (Photos submitted)
Paint your own Squishies is the next wassenBox art subscription kit theme. (Photos submitted)
Soups vs. Soups! We still have room for some more sign ups! This yummy soup recipe competition is open to both amateur chefs and the pros. A $10 fee secures your spot to win cash, a bragging trophy, a Wass mug and glowing recognition. Following the Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk on Feb. 7, we open our doors to the sugar-buzzed, the cold, and the hungry to offer hot, yummy soups, and you get to vote for your favorite. To enter the contest email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org or call: 419-238-6837. In addition this night we will be pairing Girl Scout cookies and wine and hosting live music by duo David Holbrook and Denny Altaffer. Cash bar. Free entry to the art center, open to the public, no tickets required.

During Soups vs. Soups the second installment of our Watercolor Winter will open on Feb. 7. The American Watercolor Society features U.S. and international artists who have advanced to this national level of competition. Most of the paintings are for sale and can make an excellent investment.

Paint your own Squishies! Our third round of wassenBoxes will be shipping soon and are a great idea for Valentines Day! Each box arrives in your mailbox monthly, is designed and created by the Wassenberg staff, – so each box is unique. This is an economical and convenient way to supplement art programming which has been on the decline in schools for some time.

This is important because broad exposure to the arts can enhance academic performance, increase graduation rates and even improve SAT scores. The kit arrives in the mail complete with supplies, a welcome sticker poster and a specially designed activity/instruction book.

Crafts for two separate age groups are available, ages 3–7 and 7 and up. Kits are gender neutral. Sign up anytime at $22 per month. wassenBox automatically renews until you cancel. Sign up here: www.wassenbergartcenter.org or call 419-238-6837 for alternative ways to participate.

If your young artist prefers hands on, students can sign up for our ArtReach after school art program any month and stop if schedules become hectic then sign up again when convenient! With cooped up winter coming on, art can be a great outlet! This art program also provides much needed support in the arts which assist a myriad of academics, like improved math and critical thinking skills. Our instructor Gabriel Yahl is a professional artist and art educator with 10-plus years of art experience. Please contact the art center to sign up, scholarships available.

The Wassenberg Art Center provides custom designed art, craft and creative classes and parties for private groups. Need a unique party option? Give us a call. What do you all want to make? Contact us and we will brainstorm your next gathering for original experiences.

Watercolor Class (ongoing): Tuesday mornings; 10 a.m. – noon. Fee: $55 Regular, $40 WAC member cost. Instructor: Pat Rayman.

Beginner Stained Glass: Learn the basics of making stained glass and take home your very own sun catcher. Participants will learn how to cut, shape, foil-wrap, and solder a small stained-glass project using the Tiffany foil-wrap method. Class participants will be able to choose from a few select projects. Several project options are available. Feb. 8, 15: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Fee: $45 WAC members cost, $55 Regular price. Instructor: Joe Balyeat.

Portraits Made Easy: Feb. 6, 13, 20, 6–9 p.m. The ever intimidating portrait…not anymore. Our skilled instructor, Gabriel Yahl will guide you through the process like a sailboat on calm seas. Materials provided. Bring photographs or magazine clippings for reference. $40 WAC members, $50 regular price. Sign up now. Pay upon arrival.

Acrylic Painting: Instructor Mike Huffman returns March 3, 10, 17 and 24 to instruct in Acrylic painting. Cost is $50 WAC members and $60 regular price. Mike is a life-long art instructor and professional painter whose large format, impactful paintings hang in spaces across the country.

ArtNight: Every Thursday 6–9 p.m. Free. Artist/instructors on hand to help with your project.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at: 419-238-6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org.